Change testing and production of gluten-free Cheerios to be safe for all.
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General Mills's gluten-free labeled Cheerios is making many in the gluten-free community sick due to the company's reliance on mechanically cleaning oats that have been in contact with wheat and barley, as well as using lot means to determine if a lot is above or below 20ppm. The company is responding to sick people in the gluten-free community that their product is below 20ppm. However, the large proportion of the community getting sick points to Cheerios being higher than 20ppm. We cannot be assured that something is truly gluten-free when a company is using an average. It is reasonable to assume that a company would not run this type of testing when major allergens are involved. Gluten may not be a life threatening allergy, but it still affects our quality of life when ingested and has the potential to put our health in an overall decline. We would like to see General Mills source oats from farmers using purity protocols. We also want General Mills to change lot means testing to testing individual boxes. These changes would keep more people in the gluten-free community safe from illness and ensure General Mills is truly meeting FDA regulations for gluten-free labeling.
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